Frustrated with frizz? Demoralized by dandruff? Tired of dry, lifeless hair? All of these problems and more can be caused by a hair oil deficiency. Some scalps produce less sebum than others, so it is essential to supplement with oils. There are many products on the market that claim to hydrate and nourish hair, but why not try a natural approach? Using natural oils is not only more cost-effective but often healthier as well. Each oil has different properties that provide unique benefits to hair and scalp. We have created this convenient directory of natural oils to make it easier to find the ones that best suit your needs! From argan to safflower and everything in between, we’ve got you covered.
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Let’s start with a basic oil that you can find in your kitchen! Olive oil works wonders for your hair. It contains antioxidants that prevent hair loss and fights dryness in both relaxed and natural hair. It is moisturizing, strengthening, and works great as a deep conditioner. It is also helpful in preventing dandruff.
Simple olive oil treatment:
1) Half fill a cup with extra virgin olive oil and a few drops of an essential oil of your choice, such as lavender or rosemary oil. Shake or mix well and allow to stand in a cool dark place for 24 hours.
2) Pour one tablespoon of the olive oil mixture into the palm of your hands and rub your hands together to warm it up.
3) Starting with your scalp, massage the oil into your hair in a circular motion using your fingertips. Finish by massaging the tips of your hair.
4) Secure a plastic bag around your hair and leave for 30 minutes.
5) Finally, rinse your hair as usual and shampoo.
Castor oil has many benefits. Its antifungal and antibacterial properties prevent scalp infections and resulting hair loss. It also contains Omega-9 fatty acids that moisturize the scalp and stimulate hair growth. This all-around healthy hair treatment even strengthens hair strands, preventing breakage and reducing split ends!
Rosemary oil is very useful for hair growth. It also strengthens hair and increases shine, leaving locks soft and luscious! It also works great for dry scalp and dandruff. But be sure to always mix rosemary oil in a base oil (such as olive) before using.
You will need:
1. An air tight container (preferably glass)
2. 1 1/2 cups of olive oil
3. Rosemary oil
Pour the olive oil into the container. Add about 20 drops of rosemary oil to the olive oil and store in a dark place for about an hour. After storing for an hour, massage the oil into your scalp and leave it in until you wash your hair. It is recommended to leave it in for an hour; however it’s okay to leave it in overnight. Just don’t forget to wash it out.
Jojoba oil is most like sebum, the oil that the scalp naturally produces and is therefore ideal for moisturizing the hair and scalp. This oil is non-greasy and odorless. The molecules are small enough to penetrate the hair cuticle and provide deep conditioning action. This oil is also great for scalp inflammation and can prevent dandruff and even hair loss in some cases.
Grapeseed oil is great because it has the moisturizing properties of other oils, while having a uniquely light texture that won’t cause build-up or weigh the hair down.
Sweet Almond Oil
Sweet almond oil works as a sealant to keep moisture in the hair shaft. It also boosts shine and promotes hair growth and thickness.
Argan oil is packed with vitamin E and essential fatty acids, making it a great choice for both repair and hydration. It is non-greasy and adds shine to hair while helping to mend split ends.
Tip: Application is similar to that of most other oils. Place a tablespoon of the oil into your hands, rub together and apply to hair starting at the scalp working through to the tips of the hair. Use a brush or comb for even distribution if necessary. Wrap your hair in a towel for an hour, rinse thoroughly and shampoo.
Safflower oil stimulates blood circulation to promote hair growth. It also contains high amounts of oleic acid, which sinks into the scalp easily. The vitamin E and essential fatty acids provide moisture to the length of the hair. For both scalp and hair, safflower oil is a winner!
- Put 1 or 2 drops of safflower oil in your palms and rub them together.
- Take your hair and apply the oil at the ends first, and then work towards the scalp.
- Leave this in your hair for an hour or so and then rinse.
- By regularly applying safflower oil in your hair, you will retain the moisture and have healthy, shiny hair.
Coconut oil does everything! Coconut oil is packed with saturated fats which coat each strand with moisture and absorb deeply into the scalp to reduce dandruff. Coconut oil also contains vitamin E, which is essential for hair growth. Coconut oil contains lauric acid and capric acid, which are antimicrobial agents that help prevent hair loss. This overall great oil moisturizes and strengthens hair resulting in thick, supple tresses.
Tip: The most effective way to apply coconut oil is to massage it into the roots and scalp and then run your fingers all the way through to the tips of your hair approximately 30 minutes before you shower. Rinse out with warm water and a natural shampoo.
Avocado oil is packed with nutrients! Rich in Vitamins A, D, E, and B6, it also boasts amino acids and folic acid. This oil will strengthen, nourish, and moisturize hair. It is lightweight and sinks easily into the scalp. It also works as a natural shield against the sun’s harmful UV rays!
Tip: You can use avocado oil on hair as a deep conditioner, shampoo or hair mask but it works best with other oils such as olive oil.